I know that would be asking students to do even more work (!), but give a gander at Oxford University geologist Jeannie Scott’s ‘for the public’ edition of her Ph.D. thesis on The Santiaguito volcanic dome complex, Guatemala (PDF file – an 8.8 Mb download).
It’s a great effort. Lots of photos and illustrations. (Her photos are better than the one I’ve used.) It’s pitched well, too, not ‘talking down’ to the reader or being over-simplified. There’s a little bit of everything: history, a light background to the geology, even the odd splash of humour,
… the formation of pairs is probably due to migration of the volcanic arc towards the coast. This migration takes hundreds of thousands of years, so it won’t affect anyone with beachfront property!
At the end there are links to further reading on-line (and at the very end, for those wanting a lead the the science, literature references).
So then, what about the idea of more students doing this?
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